If you think for one minute that everything is going swell for gays and the gay marriage movement, well think again. We all saw and laughed at that commercial against gay marriage where the storm clouds were gathering. Well the National Organization for Marriage, which made that piece of propaganda has a new board member, a leader of the Mormon Church who has just written one of the most frightening anti-gay and anti-American screeds I have read in the past ten years.
The column, which you can read in its entirety in the Mormon Times is titled "State job is not to redefine marriage." It is written by Orson Scott Card. Here are some of the more horrifying excerpts, you can judge their danger to not only gays but to America itself. I think Fred Phelps has been one-upped:
By whatever means necessary
Faithful sexual monogamy, persistence until death, male protection and providence for wife and children, female loyalty to children and husband, and parental discretion in child-rearing.
If government is going to meddle in this, it had better be to support marriage in general while providing protection for those caught in truly destructive marriages.
Because when government is the enemy of marriage, then the people who are actually creating successful marriages have no choice but to change governments, by whatever means is made possible or necessary.
And you can guess how long it will now take before any group that speaks against "gay marriage" being identical to marriage will be attacked using the same tools that have been used against anti-abortion groups -- RICO laws, for instance.
Overthrow the government
Why should married people feel the slightest loyalty to a government or society that are conspiring to encourage reproductive and/or marital dysfunction in their children?
Why should married people tolerate the interference of such a government or society in their family life?
If America becomes a place where our children are taken from us by law and forced to attend schools where they are taught that cohabitation is as good as marriage, that motherhood doesn't require a husband or father, and that homosexuality is as valid a choice as heterosexuality for their future lives, then why in the world should married people continue to accept the authority of such a government?
What these dictator-judges do not seem to understand is that their authority extends only as far as people choose to obey them.
How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.
Biological imperatives trump laws. American government cannot fight against marriage and hope to endure. If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die.
The Mormons pretend to be Christians, pretend to be Americans and pretend to be nice people. But those who follow their precepts have no choice but to pick fights with anyone who looks or behaves differently. Their bible makes it clear. Despite their PR ploys and re-interpretations of their core beliefs which happens suprisingly often as the political winds shift, they are a cult, and a danger to American freedom.
Clearly this is a group of dead-enders who will stop at nothing to see the USA adhere to their religious principles, and it will take not only the gay community, but all Americans who believe in freedom of choice to answer them. In a Mormon world, only Mormon men have rights, not women, not gays, not people of color. No matter what they say, this is what it comes down to.
It's all in the Book of Mormon if you don't believe me.
"And [God] had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God; I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities." (2 Nephi 5:21)
Later, the Book of Mormon records that an additional group of Lamanites converted and that "their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites… and they were numbered among the Nephites, and were called Nephites" (3 Nephi 2:15-16).
The Mormon position on women has changed little since the early 1800's, when the official view was that "woman's primary place is in the home, where she is to rear children and abide by the righteous counsel of her husband" (McConkie 844). This attitude, coupled with the doctrine of polygamy and the absolute power claimed by the men of the church, created a legacy of profound sexism which modern Mormonism has been unable to escape.
As to gays who are trying to change the LDS into a more loving place for lesbians and gays, their Affirmation website covers the conflict quite thoroughly.
Its purpose is to provide a supportive environment for relieving the needless fear, guilt, self-oppression and isolation that LDS gays and lesbians can experience in an era where willful ignorance about human sexuality is too often a reality.
I am always amazed at the number of Christians, Muslims and Jews that try to reconcile the religion of their youth with the nasty treatment and condemnation they receive at the hands of those who presume to speak for God. After all, there are so many churches that would welcome them without reservations. Especially here in the Berkshires.